Star Trek Beyond (2016) – Movie Review

In 2009 we were introduced to the new faces of the Star Trek universe. In 2013 the guys faced up against a worthy opponent with Cumberbatch’s Khan, and 3 years later; the crew are called upon once more…only this time it’s a bit more challenging.

And man, it felt good to be back aboard the Enterprise with the rest of the gang.

It’s safe to say I’m not the biggest fan of the Star Trek universe. That’s not because I don’t particularly like it, it’s just that I haven’t watched enough of it to call myself a die-hard ‘Trekky’ yet. That being said, this allowed me to go into the film with different expectations, and in turn, a different outlook on the movie as a whole.

I’m going to start out by putting it out there that I previously enjoyed the two latest additions to the well-esteemed franchise, and Beyond was no different for me. All three films have featured interesting villains, and Idris Elba’s depiction of Krall in this movie was no exception. He’s a formidable adversary  to the Starfleet crew and Beyond did an excellent job in showing his dominance over his foes. Very much like Khan in Into Darkness, Krall’s motives are clearly shown, but most importantly, they are actually understandable. At times, especially during his big identity reveal, we are encouraged to sympathise with what the guy has been through. The problem with traditional villains in stories is that they truly believe their actions are justified and morally right, and this is too true for Krall. His neglect and betrayal by the ones he sought to serve act as fuel for his obsession to seek revenge – which is something that I really admired about this movie.

The narrative, as a whole, did a good job in keeping us entertained. The high-speed action was accompanied by a compelling story, both of which kept us engaged for different reasons. The action-filled sequences were both visually attractive and captivating, but what was more interesting was that when these scenes slowed down, the chemistry between the characters kept us from checking our watches. I absolutely adored the chemistry between Karl Urban’s Bones and Quinto’s Spock – with the back and forth banter between the pair creating humour and emotion to the film’s narrative. They, alongside Scotty, provided the most comic relief in the movie, but what was important was that Beyond didn’t try to overdo it. The balance was spot on, and I applaud the writers for that.

But what I really liked about this film was the combination between using special and visual effects. The vast amount of creatures and species among the crew and civilians were as realistic as they could be, which is nice to see! Beyond knew when to use each piece of technology, and the CGI for the most part was unrecognisable. I can’t stress enough the importance of achieving this, especially for Sci-Fi movies. If the visuals do not look authentic or even plausible for the audience, the realism goes with it, and in turn, the possibility for these wonderful universes that we pay to go and see are exposed. Thankfully, though, this cannot be said for Beyond!


A Lot of Fun!

All in all, Star Trek Beyond was extremely entertaining to watch. The only problem with the movie is that we’ve seen it all before; it’s not a film that revolutionises its genre. Its traditional good guys vs. bad guys narrative is nothing new, but thankfully that doesn’t revoke any of its charming features. The choice of villain was great, the performances from the cast, in particular Zachary Quinto, were brilliant – and most importantly, it was stunning to watch. And I have to give credit to Simon Pegg’s and Justin Lin’s choice in portraying our beloved Sulu in a different light, as not only was it a revolutionary change, it was also relevantly put out there. Bravo, guys!


I would like to raise a glass to Anton Yelchin who sadly passed away before the film’s release, and to also thank him for his contribution to film. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this unfortunate time.



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